monotype

What’s a Monotype? A few posts back – the one about printmaking ink I accidentally left on a monotype plate for several weeks – I got a flurry of questions about monotypes. So let’s review, shall we? Monotypes are a printmaking method that doesn’t require carving, engraving, acid or solvents. And depending on your approach and …

Light Field Color Monotype Print – Monterey Retreat Read More »

Making a Painterly Monotype Here are some process photos for making a painterly monotype with non-toxic inks from a sheet of acrylic or plexiglass. If you’re interested in diving a little deeper into printmaking and monotypes, I’ve got a series of monotype tutorial demos for you on my youtube channel here. Grab a beverage and …

26 Painters to Follow, and Printing a Monotype of a Cat Read More »

Color Monotypes in the Studio I’m filming a color monotype video to demonstrate how something as simple as your choice of paper can make or break your printmaking adventures, especially if you’re printing without a press. I also want to demonstrate that a failed print can be resurrected with other media.  The exercise to repair your …

Color Monotype – Betrothed with Printmaking Process Photos Read More »

Resurrected Art This little still life monotype ghost print was pulled from the stash I keep in a box in my studio. It’s nice to have a trove of art that’s started, but not finished, especially in the evenings when time is bracketed between dinner and bedtime.  Working on art that’s already laid-out pulls the …

Monotype: Start Here and Paying Attention in Art Read More »

How Does Moving Affect Your Art? In a recent newsletter (you can read it here), I described an impromptu art-making party in the temporary home of a friend who lost her house and studio in the Thomas Fire. Four of us gathered around a folding banquet table with borrowed chairs and tote bags full of …

Monotype: Gold Mining and Tips for Making Art after Moving Read More »

Monotype Ghost Print Painted with Watercolor My love-affair with monotypes continues with this floral still life, painted on a very faint ghost print.  I’m building a monotype workshop in my new online school – https://www.belindatips.com. The new course will focus attention on making monotypes without a press. If you’re interested in taking a video course on …

Painting a Monotype Ghost Print with Watercolor Read More »

Making Monotype from Family Photos Have you made monotypes from family photos yet? The reference photo for the monotype above was snapped in the mid 1970’s, in my dad’s childhood home in rural Connecticut. My grandparents bought and renovated the house in 1944, after it had lived a full life as Old Meadowbrook Farm – …

Making Monotypes from Family Photos Read More »

Dark Field Monotype Printmaking I love the pre-raphaelite painters Millais, Hunt, Rosetti and Waterhouse. Their incredibly imaginative visual interpretations of Arthurian & Greek legends inspire scrutiny of narrative in paintings. Compositions are arranged like theatrical stage sets, with carefully placed evidence of the storyline rendered here and there, so you’re invited to lean close and look at …

Dark Field Monotype Print- with a survey of Linocut Printmaking inks Read More »

There’s a lot of Fall harvesting going on here in California. The farms near my house are full of cage-box trucks heavy with green and yellow citrus, and the scent of fresh-cut produce is strong on the roads I frequent; onions, peppers, cabbage and herbs are all abundant and fragrant. As we approach the end …

Monotype: Purple Barn (& organizing your studio) Read More »

This art blog began as an exercise in accountability in 2005. I planned to document my renewed commitment to get back into art-making after a decade-long hiatus. Almost immediately, it morphed into a platform to share process, and hopefully, encourage other out-of-business artists to get back to work. More recently, when I tip-toed into creating a youtube channel, I goaded myself forward …

Monotype: Window Seat (& praise for Video Art Tutorials) Read More »

A New Monotype Tutorial I’ve posted another monotype tutorial video on my youtube channel. This one is perfect if you don’t have a press, or a whole day to play with ink; a single color is rolled out directly on a table covered with a large sheet of plexiglass. If you don’t have plexiglass, you can roll …

Monotype: Waiting for Rain – how to make a monotype Read More »

Printmaking without a Press? The process for this trace monotype (above) was filmed for the second printmaking tutorial in a series of three posted on my youtube channel .  How about you grab some supplies, clear a seat at the kitchen table, and make one yourself? I’ve listed all the bots and bobs you’ll need …

Trace Monotype Tutorial Video Series Read More »

Trace Monotype Printmaking I’ve been writing about and filming monotype printmaking tutorials, so if you’re interested in the process, you might check this video playlist of tutorials. Click here to see them. The process is simple and the mark-making is lovely. Trace Monotype Resources Take a look at this nice, clear step by step introduction …

Trace Monotype: All in Green (& videos on how to make one) Read More »

There’s a wonderful little video (see below) about the details in creating Marimekko fabrics, and it follows the process from the concept drawing, to the fabric being printed in the factory, and ends with fabrics being used in the home.  I especially love that it starts with an artist doodling ink and dabbling watercolors in a sunny studio. …

Monotype: Santa Monica House (& fabric printing video) Read More »

I published a newsletter with dates for upcoming Spring art festivals that includes a coupon code for 20% off in my Etsy Shop, so be sure to check that out here. (If you’re not yet subscribed to get newsletters, you can sign up here.) Thanks for all the great feedback on the last post regarding artists being unkind to …

Monotype: Boatyard (& spring art festivals & #linklove) Read More »

  This little monotype was printed from a sheet of mylar (see process photo below). Water-soluble pencils were used to begin the portrait on mylar, and then watercolor was added just before printing. After the monotype print was dry, I added more watercolor to increase the contrast and color saturation.   If you’re not familiar …

Monotype: Not Camera Shy (& monotype process videos) Read More »

Art Supply Gift Ideas for Beginning Artists Many of my friends and family are new at art, or they’ve *never* done art at all. But they’re interested in dipping-a-toe-in to explore their creative urges. Here is a short list of art supply gift ideas for beginner artists in your life. There’s an expanding popularity of …

4 Art Supply Gift Ideas for the Beginning Artist Read More »

Here’s a video you can watch, or just listen to while you’re working on something else… Richard Ormond is the former Director of London’s National Maritime Museum and the former Deputy Director of London’s National Portrait Gallery.  He is also one of the world’s leading authorities on John Singer Sargent, who was his great Uncle. Ormond has …

Richard Ormond on John Singer Sargent Read More »

Watercolor Monotype Print: Blue Sip Cup One of the most frequently discussed challenges creative people face is consistency in making things. There isn’t enough time, space, energy, inspiration, or focus to sit down and create something with your hands on a regular basis.   The secret to success is consistency of purpose. Ben Disraeli One remedy …

Watercolor Monotype Print: Blue Sip Cup Read More »

Adding Colored Pencil to a Dark Field Monotype An open open door, leading to an open window, with a vase of flowers on the sill. This dark field monotype was inspired by a back-lit, hazy, afternoon in a vintage bungalow bathroom in Los Angeles. A long time ago, I lived in a crooked, second story carriage …

Dark Field Monotype of an Interior with Colored Pencil Added Read More »

I was interviewed for the British art blog, Making a Mark, about printmaking without a press. You can find the interview here.

Santa Monica Pier 6×4 monotype with watercolor & colored pencil Available in my Etsy Shop Best Wishes from California for a Merry, Festive, Restful & Creative Holiday this Christmas & Hanukkah! I hope you get art supplies as gifts, and blocks of time to make things that excite you.  As always, I’m very grateful for …

Mixed Media Printmaking: Santa Monica Pier Read More »